An Introduction
To Philip James

In 2021 we sold £246 million of properties, and currently manage almost 3000 properties with a total value of half a billion pounds across the city. Our 65-strong team includes some of the industry’s most experienced and respected professionals.


Philip James was taken over by Philip Nolan in 2003 with a vision to transform the business from a small branch agency to Manchester’s largest chain. Over the past decade Philip James has expanded into Manchester’s most popular residential areas including City Centre, Salford Quays, Didsbury, The Heatons, Reddish, Denton & Audenshaw.

Introducing the Philip James Management Team

Philip Nolan

Philip trained as a chartered accountant in Dublin. His first appointment was as financial director of International Translation and Publishing, an international IT company. He helped expand the company into 15 new countries, increasing turnover to over £20 million before facilitating the sale to an investment house in 1999. At the turn of the millennium, Philip moved into property with the purchase of a Manchester property portfolio. He realised there was an opportunity to create a professional independent estate agency that married traditional values with modern technology. Philip’s personal and corporate integrity means he has always understood the value of his staff and has made this a core foundation for the future growth of Philip James.


Dermot is a non-executive director at Philip James and has been part of the company for the past 15 years. Dermot has a wealth of experience in property sales, lettings and management. He has built several property portfolios in both the student and residential sector. He also has over 30 years experience in property development.

Rob Kennedy
Managing Director

Originally from Hale, Rob always appreciated some of the incredible homes he would deliver papers to while working his three paper rounds. After graduating from Newcastle University, Rob joined a large corporate agent and successfully ran the Sale office, followed by the Timperley and Hale offices and coming to the hallowed turf of Didsbury in 1998. Under Rob’s leadership, each office was transformed into a top performing Branch office.

Always uncomfortable with the restrictions of leading inflexible corporate companies, Rob craved the freedom of his own business to practice his own style of estate agency forming Philip James Kennedy in 2003. More recently, Rob has become a shareholder in the whole of the Philip James Group, which still remains one of the only truly independent local estate agencies.

Rob Cuffe

Property is Rob’s passion: for the past 20 years he has been selling and letting properties in Manchester City Centre, Salford Quays and the surrounding areas. Rob has built a very successful team that shares his drive and determination to always offer excellent customer service, whilst ensuring that the best possible price is achieved for clients, and in the shortest time frame. Rob believes that the key to being market leader is down to constantly changing with the times and the market and always staying one step ahead of the competition.

Neil Ryder
South Manchester
Lettings Manager

Neil Ryder has been with Philip James for nine years. He started as assistant manager in the Withington branch and then took over management of both the Withington and Didsbury lettings branches in 2010. Neil now heads up the south Manchester lettings as well as the student lettings department.

Lois Wick
Assistant Manager

Lois joined Philip James in 2015 and has worked within every department of Property Management, gradually working her way up to Assistant Manager. This has allowed Lois to develop an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of Property Management delivering exceptional customer service.

Dan Smith
Maintenance and Inspections Manager

Dan joined Philip James in 2015 after a successful career with Savills in London. Overseeing the Property Management Department, Dan has vast experience in all areas of property management delivery excellent customer service.


Franca’s career in the property sector has covered roles in South Manchester, the City Centre and the Tameside area of Manchester. Franca is a specialist when it comes to the property market in Denton: she grew up and went to school in Denton and it is also where she still resides, so her knowledge of the area is second to none.

Anthony Rigby
Reddish Area Manager

With the flexible working hours that Anthony operates, as well as his level of knowledge and 20 years experience in the industry, he is able to offer a service which is second to none. Many of his clients are recommending him to their friends and family which is testament to the level of service they have received.

Kier Dawson
Landlord Relationship Manager

Keir joined Philip James in 2020. His career has encompassed management roles in social housing and local government, as well as several years managing the property management team for another major Manchester agent. He is focused on providing excellent customer service for landlords and tenants


Wayne Scott has a wealth of property experience across South Manchester and Cheshire. He knows The Heatons’ property market and understands how buoyant the local property market has been performing. Wayne prides himself on ensuring that only the most accurate advice is given on all aspects of the property market, offering a professional and transparent service backed up with the highest degree of integrity. He is passionate about people and property; taking satisfaction from getting people to where they need to be in life. Wayne and his team at the Heaton Moor office strive to deliver a painless and stress free experience for both buyers and sellers alike.